THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
McEWAN Ross William

CITATION
New Zealand Bravery Medal
On 22 January 1991 Mr TROON and Mr McEWAN, employees of the Alliance Freezing Company, were alerted by a Sub-foreman that two contractors were in real trouble in a stickwater tank at the Alliance Rendering Plant at Kaiapoi. Both men were very experienced at rescue work. The contractors, a father and son, were cleaning the tank when they were overcome by lack of oxygen and toxic fumes. Mr TROON and Mr McEWAN entered the tank and did their very best to lift the men through the manhole opening in the hope that they might be resuscitated. Their efforts were unsuccessful and the men died.  Both Mr TROON and Mr McEWAN were admitted to hospital for observation following the incident.

AWARDS
New Zealand Bravery Medal

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